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Halton Hilly Hundred (100km+)

It's been 2 years since I had a go at this - and I am determined to complete the full loop this time 'round. We will take the same map Andy's used the last 2 years.

www.cyclecanada.com/HHHR­oute.html





This is a very demanding route with several steep climbs and (at least) one downhill that'll see you on the brake the entire time. A very strong rider may be able to get around on a hybrid or MTB but road bikes are strongly recommended for this. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 20s, if it gets too close to 30 we will probably postpone until August or September.

We will take the 07h43 GO train to Burlington station and ride north from there. The train is usually I recommend getting there for 07h00 if you need to buy a ticket else 07h15. It is early so lineups should not be a problem but with weather good . That'll give you time to find us and get sorted.

Typical preparation and SOP for long rides apply.

The forecast is for good weather – partly cloudy with temps in the low 20s.

Length - ~120 km, (including the run from Burlington GO station to the official course start).

Pace - 25-30 km/hr on flats. Much slower on climbs. Much, much faster on descents.

Temperature - 23°C forecast

Route - all road (although some make City of Toronto roads look pristine by comparison).

Map - http://www.cyclecanada.com/HHHmap.htm  (I’ve run off 20 copies already! Never hurts to print your own to be safe)

Road bike recommended - Intermediate or Advanced Riders. Both the distance and climbs make this a challenging ride.

Transit - We leave Toronto Union Station on 07h43 westbound to Burlington. We will want to be closer to the west end of the train – less crowded and less walking at Burlington.

Route info - http://www.cyclecanada.com/HHH.html

Route sheet - http://www.cyclecanada.com/HHHRoute.html

Checklist:

• Please make sure that your bike is tuned up and ready to go!!! If this is your first long(er) ride, check the air in your tires the night before…

Bring spare tubes along (I’d recommend at least 2 due to the rough roads) along with adequate water and nutrition. Stops are few in the middle of this ride, just the occasional petrol station with a variety store.

Be prepared for an 8 hour day of riding.

Food choices are extremely restricted after Lowville.• 

Dropping out will be problematic - you'll have to rely on a taxi to get to GO bus/train if you have a mechanical problem. As we get further north you are closer to the 401 so returning to Toronto via Milton rather than Burlington may not be the cheapest option.

Hope i didn't forget anything. See you tomorrow, eyes bright, tails bushy!

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  • David B.

    Good ride guys. Too bad you guys didn't finish Andy and Greg. Maybe we can try again in 1 or 2 months. By the way, thanks Andy for driving me and Richard too. And Greg for hosting

    1 · June 14, 2014

    • David B.

      Richard and I ended up doing the whole ride! My legs cramped up though.

      1 · June 14, 2014

    • Greg

      Thx, great riding with you again.
      We'll try again mid-September. In middle July and August I want to do a Niagara circle route and GO train to Barrie and ride a loop up there.
      Hopefully see you Tuesday.

      1 · June 15, 2014

  • Greg

    G'day. Anyone running late and won't be there until after 09h00? Looking like we will be on the road by 09h15.

    June 14, 2014

  • Joseph

    Hmm I'm really interested in doing this but not sure if I am strong enough to keep up on my MTB. Will you be doing this ride again?

    June 12, 2014

    • Greg

      We probably will do it again in the autumn. Try coming out for Andy's hill repeats tonight. If those are tough on your MTB it'll probably be a stiff challenge. If you can handle the climbs and the ride after you should be fine - at the least you will be stronger than when I rode this route 2 years ago.

      June 12, 2014

  • Guy

    I love this ride! Did it with Andy and David last year. Maybe I'll change plans...

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • David B.

    I'd like to try this route again. I did it last year with Andy and Guy. I had to walk my bike up a couple hills lol. I may not be able to join next Saturday. Here is the Halton Chilly Hundred from last year: http://meetu.ps/23zRmH

    2 · June 8, 2014

    • Greg

      Hopefully you can. I won't want to try this again until it cools off. Looks like weather will give us a break.
      I walked my bike up a few hills last time too. I should be a bit better/stronger this time 'round...

      1 · June 9, 2014

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